Review on Butchers Arms
In lush countryside close to the Northamptonshire - Warwickshire border, the beautiful Butcher's Arms Restaurant started life as an alehouse around 1375; soldiers firing up for the Battle of Edgehill reputedly used it as a watering hole and – in its current incarnation – it has played host to all manner of celebrities (check out their photos on the walls).
The silver-service restaurant is delightfully traditional and eminently proud of its old-fashioned virtues: staff are impeccably turned out, desserts are displayed on a trolley, and the lengthy menu by-passes fashion in favour of mushrooms in garlic butter, Dover Sole Mornay and tournedos Rossini. It's easy to see why customers love the place.
Occasionally, something more up-to-date appears in the shape of grilled scallops with caramelised chilli sauce or spicy corn-fed chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham with chorizo pasta. Ingredients are always wisely chosen – whether it's locally reared Lighthorne lamb, prime Scotch steaks or venison. The owners – and many of the long-serving staff – hail from Portugal ('Britain's oldest ally'), and the 200-strong wine list has some very fine Portuguese bottles tucked away among representatives from the rest of Europe and the New World.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Mon-Fri (12.30pm - 2.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm Mon-Fri (7.30pm - 9.30pm Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card